Statoil awards contracts for three rigs on Norwegian shelf

Posted on 03 October 2012

Statoil and its partners have awarded contracts for the Bideford Dolphin, Stena Don and Scarabeo 5 rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The contracts have a total value of NOK 9.17 billion, excluding potential options. The rigs will be used for production drilling for several fast-track developments, as well as drilling and completion on the Norwegian shelf.

“Securing three rigs in the current market represents a real achievement for the Norwegian shelf. The rig capacity we have secured in these contracts will contribute to achieving our production targets towards 2020, through production drilling on several of our legacy assets and starting production from fast-track developments,” Øystein Michelsen, executive vice president, development and production Norway, in Statoil, said.

The Bideford Dolphin rig, owned by Dolphin Drilling AS, will be used for production drilling on the Tordis and Vigdis fields, as well as the Statfjord field in the North Sea.

The contract will run from Q1 2014 until Q1 2017. Statoil has also secured a potential option for two more years. The estimated value of the contract is NOK 2.96 billion for the fixed period, excluding potential options.

The Stena Don rig, owned by Stena Drilling, will be used for production drilling on the Troll field, as well as the fast-track development Fram H-Nord, in the North Sea. The contract will run from Q4 2013 until Q4 2016. Statoil has also secured a potential one-year option. The estimated value of the contract is NOK 3.11 billion for the fixed period, excluding potential options.

The Scarabeo 5 rig, owned by Saipem, will be used for drilling and completion of production wells on various NCS fields. The contract will run from Q3 2014 until Q3 2017. Statoil has also secured a potential one-year option. The estimated value of the contract is NOK 3.1 billion for the fixed period, excluding potential options.

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